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Journey to Japan

Postby jedimaster1227 » Tue Nov 28, 2006 9:04 pm

This Thanksgiving, I went with my school to Japan (to stay with host families in Orlando's sister city, Urayasu [home to Tokyo Disneyland]). I was able to experience two of Japan's parks and more of the cool and wacky that is Japan. My pictures will basically explain it all, considering that there are over 100 to load-so this might take a while! I'll have any left over reports added after all of the photos are uploaded.

(Edit: I forgot to add a thank you to Robb and Elissa for doing a segment on La Qua. I wouldn't have known about it without you guys!)
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My first day to explore Japan, my host family was willing to take suggestions, so I asked about La Qua and they worked to get me there.
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Unfortunately, due to rain, all of the outdoor rides including Thunder Dolphin (but excluding Big O) were closed.
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Walking through the parking garage, I found my first exotic soda machine. This one serves you your drink in a plastic cup with ice. I was really amazed!
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In thanks for my families graciousness in taking me to La Qua (and in a desperate attempt to wait out the storm so I could ride the outdoor rides), I decided to take my host family to Bubba Gump's. This was my sixth location around the world that I had be
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Needless to say, they like it...alot!
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Next, we decided to ride Big O, the world's only hubless ferris wheel...

The car actually have mp3 players built in (along with heated seats).
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It was a really smooth ride. Both relaxing and time consuming...
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But to no avail... it rained... and rained... and rained... and then the deluge!

(Those of you that remember the original Living Seas will get my reference...)
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The cars were extremely comfortable.
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La Qua...In the rain!
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No Thunder Dolphin'y goodness!
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Here is an exclusive "in-the-rain mechanics" shot of Big O...
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Still lamenting the fact that I can't ride Thunder Dolphin...
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Here are all of the attractions at La Qua.
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So, my first credit of the day was the Spinning Coaster. It was actually pretty fun!
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Postby pvcoasterguy » Tue Nov 28, 2006 9:14 pm

Wow! What a cool experience!

I'm looking forward to more of this--thanks for posting it!

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Postby jedimaster1227 » Tue Nov 28, 2006 9:17 pm

^Thanks! I have plenty more to share, it is just going to take a while so...

Here are the second half of my La Qua photos.

Tomorrow comes DisneySea!
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Next, we walked down to Geopolis to ride Geo Panic.
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The ride's placement is great, but with compact looks comes compact feel...
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It was a fun coaster with interesting light effects, creepy cage restraints and a bang-your-head-around ride that all I really remember is feeling like my ears were about to fall off.
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Next, we hit the fun house... Not bad for my first fun house in 10 years... So that was basically my day at La Qua.
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The next day, we took the bullet train to Kyoto. Here I am eating my breakfast that my host mother made me, rice balls and Mitsuya Cider!
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The bullet trains should be considered credits (they are powered and they reach speeds of up to 150 mph)...
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Here are Adam and I (I am also Adam) on the bullet train. Of course, we were watching Eurotrip on the ride-it is only the best travel movie ever!
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Is there something wrong with this picture?
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More of the soda machine goodness. Today I tried Melon Fanta!
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I guess the green color it has means that it is really good, because I went back for four more cups over the rest of the trip!
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Pocari Sweat anyone?
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What!?!
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Again... what?!?
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My first sign of DisneySea that I saw at the bullet train station. Those photos are in the next update!
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Postby SharkTums » Tue Nov 28, 2006 9:28 pm

I miss Japan... :(

Can't wait to see the rest of your photos. Don't worry about missing Thunder Dolphin...it's not that great anyways!

One of the things I've noticed about Japan is that it takes several visits sometimes to get all your credits. It took us 3 visits to La Qua to get Linear Gale!

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Postby jedimaster1227 » Tue Nov 28, 2006 9:32 pm

SharkTums wrote:I miss Japan... :(

Can't wait to see the rest of your photos. Don't worry about missing Thunder Dolphin...it's not that great anyways!

One of the things I've noticed about Japan is that it takes several visits sometimes to get all your credits. It took us 3 visits to La Qua to get Linear Gale!


Well I am set to go back in two years. And, my host family has promised to take me to Fuji-Q Highland when I come. Plus, they will be coming to Orlando in a few years so I will get to give them a tour of the city.

On this trip, I only got four credits- Raging Spirits, (The little mermaid themed roller scooter in Mermaid Lagoon-forgot its name), Geo Panic and Spinning Coaster.
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Postby zaneymon » Tue Nov 28, 2006 9:36 pm

I miss fanta melon :(

Also Eurotrip is THE best movie ever.
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Postby PhishyBrewer » Tue Nov 28, 2006 10:06 pm

AWESOME report so far! Can't wait to see more! :b :br :b

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Postby Adriel » Wed Nov 29, 2006 1:15 am

AH, I miss Japan! Can't wait for my next trip net year.

Do you also go to Universal Studios Japan??? And TOKYO DISNEYSEA!!! Oh, the most-themed park in the world!!!

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Postby jedimaster1227 » Wed Nov 29, 2006 5:27 am

^^^The Melon Fanta was amazing!

^I didn't get to go to Universal Japan because we were limited on time. Maybe next time...
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Postby BeemerBoy » Wed Nov 29, 2006 6:17 am

Of course, we were watching Eurotrip on the ride-it is only the best travel movie ever!


Negative. The answer is National Lampoon's European Vacation. ;) Still, nice report.
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